Professor Clark’s talk will review the career of the poet and revolutionary activist Emi Siao, a Chinese communist and childhood friend of Mao, who lived in both France and Soviet Russia and was connected with leftists from all over the world. In the early 1920s he studied in the Comintern’s Communist University for Toilers of the East, which trained international revolutionaries. After graduation, he led insurgents in the Shanghai workers’ suburb of Chapei in 1927. Like several other Chinese communist leaders, after the Shanghai debacle he turned from politics to literature; from 1930 he operated in Moscow as a writer, and as the broker for publishing Chinese works in Comintern-sponsored literary journals. He returned to China (Yan'an) in 1939 and remained there. His book about Mao’s childhood and youth became a classic.
The language of the event will be English.
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